While there are still many pros and cons as to the practical value and impact of Early Conciliation, we do now have some statistics from the first full year of operation.
ACAS Early Conciliation was introduced in April 2014. Since then, over 83,000 employment law cases went to Early Conciliation between 6th April 2014 and 31th March 2015.
Some 84% of claimants and 87% of employers said they would use it again.
15% of Early Conciliation cases were concluded by way of a COT3 settlement.
63% did not progress to an Employment Tribunal claim, and 22% did lead to an Employment Tribunal claim being raised. Although, over half of those cases were eventually resolved by ACAS.
These statistics show that Early Conciliation is helping to resolve cases, at least to some degree.
However, it would seem the fees regime has a greater impact of whether cases end up at the Tribunal or not.
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